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Acquire knowledge and skills

Acquire necessary practical knowledge and skills to interact, plan and implement programmes, and set up conducive environments in childcare settings for children from birth to three years of age.

Deepen your understanding

Understand the guiding principles behind the practices of the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF). Apply and implement the suggested practices stated in the EYDF in their work with young children and families.

Practice-oriented training

Participate in 3 practicums totalling 200 hours in an ECDA-registered early childhood development centre with infant care.

Note: The Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY) will be conducted via online learning, except for selected modules that will be more effective conducted face-to-face. Students will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of these modules.


This course is also available in Chinese here

What You Will Learn

Click here for a complete list of modules that will be covered in the course.

Entry Requirements

Local Qualification

  • Completed Secondary 4 education and at least an average of SOA 5 in the Workplace Literacy Series (WPL); either SOA 5 for WPL (Writing) or a GCE O-level credit in English Language as First Language.


Foreign Qualification


Other Qualification

Existing Preschool Teachers:

ECDA-certified L1/L2 preschool teachers may apply for the Advanced Certificate in Early Years (with Exemptions) [ACEY (with Exemptions)] here, subject to entry requirements.


Alternate Pathway:

If you have other relevant qualifications, learn more about the alternate pathway here.

Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be conferred the ACEY by NIEC. Graduates will be eligible for certification as EY2 educators by ECDA. They will be qualified to care for infants, playgroups & pre-nursery groups, and children from 2 months to 3 years of age.

Course Schedule

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8 months/600 hours

Monday to Wednesday: 9am - 6pm


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14 months/600 hours

Monday, Wednesday Thursday : 6.30pm - 9.30pm / 6pm - 10pm


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8 months/600 hours

Monday - Friday: 2pm - 6pm


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Nov 2021

14 months/
600 hours

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Please note:

  • Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice. 
  • Classes will only commence if the minimum class size is met. A confirmation email will be sent to you at least 3 weeks before course commencement.
  • Priority will be given to applicants enrolling under the Place-and-Train programme.

Before You Apply

1. Securing a practicum centre

The practicum module is an important and crucial component of your practice-oriented learning for course completion. Applicants must have successfully secured a practicum centre at an early childhood development centre at the point of application.

  • Company-sponsored applicants: Your practicum centre can be the preschool you are currently working at.

  • Self-sponsored applicants: Click here for a list of early childhood development centres. Please contact the centres directly to apply.


Please note that practicum for this course will start:

  • About 5 months from the course commencement date (Day classes).
  • About 10 months from the course commencement date (Night classes).


2. Prepare the following documents:

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)

  • Highest formal academic qualifications (Certificates and transcripts)

  • Recent digital photo with a white background

  • If you are currently working in a preschool:
    • Employment Letter
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:


Early childhood educators have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in their work while acting in the best interests and well-being of children and their families. You will play a key role in caring for the little ones, inspiring their learning and helping them grow. 

Have questions? Talk to us!
(Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)

Mr Sky Wong
Email: Sky_WONG@niec.edu.sg
Phone: 6904 2625